We were excited to publish our second book in June 2018, a collection of letters, words and artworks created by participants at HMPYOI Feltham in 2017. It's Not Like You See On TV includes a range of work from over 50 young men and gives them the opportunity to share what's important or helpful to them.
Poems by Post
In 2017 we were pleased to be working with The Royal Star and Garter Homes in Surbiton. This programme was inspired by the thought that creative outcomes may differ if stimulus was sent postally rather than electronically. Twelve residents of the home worked with lead artist Tom Mallender to share stories and memories that were important to them. These were then used as a stimulus for poetry, which was posted to six other poets across the country from London to Newcastle, who produced work in response. The residents were also paired with pen pals from Hinchley Wood School, who worked with artist Rachel Turner of Bounce Theatre. The older and younger pen pals shared stories and compared notes on school life, fashion, work, friends and families. The project culminated in over 35 poems bring published in a dedicated anthology and the pen pals meeting at a tea party hosted by the local MP.